Spelling weirdness

posted: 10 Jun 2009

I first saw this a few years ago, but receiving it again today, it still amazes me!

"Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting!

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!"

Now I don't know if Cambridge University really did do some research, but research or no it's still pretty cool.



I too saw this many years ago and was impressed, but if you're into words (which I am) you may have looked a little closer and realised that it is a lot more complex than first and last letters, and jumbled inbetween. It is true that when we read we tend to see the word as a whole and not the letters, but to read these jumbled paragraphs it is the context which becomes more important. Some of the longer words, when jumbled, would not be read as fluently if taken out of the paragraph. Try it. They can me worked out (as you would any anagram) but not read as you would read a non-jumbled word. Only when in the context of a meaningful sentence can all of the words be read as fluently as non-jumbled text. It is still pretty cool though.
Posted by: Jonny | Jun 14, 2009

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